There are hundreds of thousands, even millions of artifacts that have been designed during the 20th century. What one thing could I choose to talk about this night? There is furniture, buildings, gadgets, housewares, and so many more categories of products out there. And in those categories you would hope it would be easier to choose from but no, products seem to increase. So to make this decision easier, I went back to my childhood and thought what did I always want when I was going to be older. What was that dream “thing”? It hit me, I wanted and loved Eleanor, a 1967 Ford Shelby gt500. I first saw this car in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”, and I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever beheld. This was the perfect car. And I still think it is a beautiful car. This car has always made me think. Why do I love it so much? What is it in the design that has that mysterious and heavy look to it? To me it looks dense, but at the same time fast and sleek. The driver sits so far back in the car, which helps produce a large and long hood. It is a muscle car that doesn’t just give the impression that it has a lot of power behind the hood and can stand up against the beating of time, but will always be one of a kind and stand out from anything else.
The emotions this design has brought out in me throughout the years has changed the more I have studied and come to appreciate design even more. But I have always had some fascination with it since the beginning. I have tried to study each line of the car. Where does it start and where does it end? The side kit and detailed elements to the body grab you. The details seem like it was of course meant to be there. They weren’t meant to be anywhere else. The bulky parts, although big, still give a characteristic of being aerodynamic. There have been remakes of this car, there have been other muscle cars designed, but 1967 Ford Shelby gt500 still has a design element that is mysteries, breathtaking, almost impossible to copy, exhilarating, and powerful. This is one 20th century artifact that will stand up against time. In my own opinion the designer created a magnificent product, that will always keep me fascinated and appreciative of the 1967 Ford.